Or Have We Failed the Serve?
That is the question today’s top players should be asking themselves. Two weeks in Rome, Rafael Nadal was in the final against Novak Djokovic. At 5-4 Rafa was serving for the first set and got broken. Had he not fought back from 5-6 down to take the first set to a tie break and win that tie break, a lot more tennis fans would be asking themselves my initial question. Rafa is a true champion with enough grit and determination to triumph out of tight moments in matches. He demonstrated this yet again on that Sunday to win his 4th Rome Masters title.
More and more these days we see in the most inopportune of times the top players getting their serves broken. Just one week before the Rome final, Rafa was in the final in Barcelona against David Ferrer. Rafa was broken three times as the two traded breaks of serve in the first four games of the second set. It wasn’t pretty but our champion came through with yet another title.